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The Wisconsin Medical Society, utilizing data compiled by the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), has created the “Did You Know” series to keep you informed of health care cost and quality in Wisconsin. “Did You Know” is designed to broaden your understanding of some of the differences in health care depending on region, demographics, procedures, treatments and conditions.

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Did you know?

  1. Between 2014 and 2016, there were 2,704,481 Medicaid enrollees in Wisconsin. For this population, the cost of treatment was more than twice as much for mental health than any other medical condition (Table 1 and Figure 1). Note: Mental health includes depression and attention deficit disorder, which are highlighted below.
  2. Wisconsin Medicaid resource use for patients being treated for depression or mental health was more than $2.33 billion from April 2014 through June 2016 (Table 1 and Figure 1).
  3. Mental health episodes of care* account for 17.5 per cent of the total resource use for Medicaid patients in Wisconsin (Figure 2).
  4. Pharmacy costs comprise 66.33 per cent of dollars spent on attention deficit disorder (ADD) but only 16.98 per cent of the dollars spent on depression (Figures 3 and 4).

* An episode of care (a.k.a. Episode Treatment Group or ETG) is a complete grouping of services (inpatient, outpatient, professional, ancillary and pharmaceutical) relevant to a clinical illness based on claims data.
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